Posts Tagged ‘grammar’

Call me persnickety, but not only does “butter popcorn” sounds excessively greasy, but how on earth do you get it to pop? Tack on an “ed” and you’re looking at at my favorite snack (although I prefer homemade and not too much butter.)

What do I spy with my grammar nazi eye?  Well, during the last month, I came across four gems to share with you.

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Between or Among?

In the end, no one knew how it began because nobody passed it on.

It stayed “just between the two of us.”
“I only told one person.”
“Between you and me…”
“I know you won’t tell anyone, so…”

The death of a marriage,
the rift in a friendship,
the unspeakable hurt to a child,
the accidental ruin of a life,
all inexplicable.

Everyone wondered who had told.
He knew he hadn’t.
She’d only mentioned it to ____.

Mathematically,  1x1x1 = 1.
Gossip doesn’t work that way.
No one understood how “between” became “among.”

They’d all forgotten the game of “Telephone.”

In the last few weeks of internet reading, I’ve come across a three-letter mistake that seems to be everywhere.

Do you use “its” or “it’s”?  The Grammar nazi wants to help out with a simple explanation.

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Sorry if I lured you into reading under false and salacious pretenses.  Actually, that’s not true.  I did it on purpose.  But keep reading.  The post is what’s short and hopefully sweet, but what’s loose?  (more…)

It might be amusing to come into a room and gasp, “Someone in this room has a dangling participle”, then observe who looks where.  However suggestive it might sound, a dangling participle is only a crime against grammar, not a jail-able offense, although grammar nazis may disagree.

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I haven’t posted any Grammar nazi sightings for some time, which doesn’t mean I haven’t spotted any.  These three may not all be strictly grammar, but they’re certainly related to how to write precisely–or not.

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